ABOUT the Author

Shelby Wagner – MA, BMus and BA

Author of the Award-Winning memoir/self-help book, “Learning to Dance in the Rain II – Surviving Grief, Internet Dating and Romance Scams.”

Her careers include: Elementary music teacher, church organist, choir director, entrepreneur and published, award-winning author.

Shelby always thought she would write a book ‘someday’. Her writing career began in 4th grade when she wrote a play. Terribly shy as a youngster, she timidly told her teacher she had written a play and she almost fainted when the teacher asked her to read it to the class. Trembling, she began reading her play aloud and soon decided it needed more work. As she returned to her seat, she felt embarrassed, but knew she would not give up. One thing Shelby discovered from the experience was that, despite her nervousness, she liked being in front of the class.

Shelby was a natural born leader and when the neighbor children gathered in her yard to play, she would organize talent shows and guess who would be director of the show? You are right if you said Shelby. Other activities such as playing school or store, and Shelby was always the teacher or store owner.

Shelby loved to sing and began piano lessons at the age of eleven or twelve. She was accompanying the children’s choir at 15, and the adult choir at 16 as the new church organist. Shelby was to be church organist and/or choir director in numerous churches in Oakland County, as well as Tennessee and continues to this day in St. Joseph County, Michigan where she currently resides. She and a fellow retired music teacher play duets now for community events and local senior centers. St. Joseph and Branch Counties.

Shelby first became a published author in December of 2018, revised and updated it and re-published it December 10, 2020.

“Learning to Dance in the Rain II” is garnering book awards right and left (see the Awards link above) and is currently traveling world-wide as it appears in National and International Book Festivals from Frankfurt, Germany, to Miami, Florida and beyond.

Shelby is listed in the 1990-1991 Edition of Marquis Who’s Who in the Midwest.
She is a current member of ISFP (International Society of Female Professionals)
Independent Author Network
Authors Inspire
Coldwater (MI) Chamber of Commerce
Sturgis (MI) Chamber of Commerce and
Sturgis Writers’ Mill
She and fellow retired music teacher, Linda Rehmeyer of Colon, MI, entertain at nursing homes, senior centers and community events, four hands/one keyboard.

Display at the Book Loft, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida 2019

Meet the Author – Nottawa Public Library Event 2019

Shelby and Linda Piano Duets, January, 2020, just before covid quarantines.

The women in my family, TN

Barnes & Noble Event, Battle Creek, MI

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2021 Firebird Winner in Grief/Hardship Category.